December 12, 2018
James Keith, administrative director at the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth campus, has been named executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association by the OEA Board of Directors.
Keith replaces David DuVall, who is retiring in late January and will help provide for a seamless transition.
A graduate of Del City High School, Keith has a master’s in justice/public administration from Norwich University, a private military college in Vermont, and a bachelor’s in social sciences from the University of Maryland.
Currently, Keith is the Admin Center Director and Chief Administrator at the UM Medical School in Duluth. He manages finance, human resources, grants administration, IT support, facilities, communications, and faculty affairs administration. He earlier served as chief of staff/senior director of administration at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.
Keith retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years. During his military career he served on four ships and had assignments around the world, including the U.S. Naval Academy, Walter Reed Hospital, the American Embassy in London, Japan, Sicily and Italy.
“We are excited and honored to welcome Jim Keith as the next executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association,” said President Alicia Priest. “The OEA has a long history of promoting public education policy and Mr. Keith will continue that legacy. His military background and the work that he has been doing since retiring from the Navy will certainly be assets to the OEA, her members and, ultimately, the students in the public schools of Oklahoma.”
OEA has had only three executive directors over the last 30 years – Joann Waller (1989-1997), DuVall (1997-2005 and 2015-2019) and Lela Odom (2005-2015). Keith, who will join OEA on January 22, expects to build on the association’s legacy of longevity in the top office.
“I am thrilled to be selected as only the fourth executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association over a period of 30 years,” he said. “This alone speaks volumes to the commitment and value of the staff working at OEA. I look forward to contributing to our future and learning quickly from the many years of experience from my teammates at OEA.”